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Antipodes CX

$6,500.00

  • Excellent Server
  • Very Good Renderer
  • Exceptional Transparency

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Antipodes CX

The CX delivers stunning sound quality, while also providing high processing power to handle demanding server features with ease, and this combination is a major breakthrough. Typically, excellent sound requires a low powered device, but this limits the ability to navigate large libraries quickly or handle DSP features.

The CX combines a server capability that delivers excellent audio quality in any configuration, with a very good renderer capability, and the combination delivers exceptional transparency.

Because the CX does not have a cooling fan, you should ensure the CX has adequate ventilation if running processor intensive functions, and we recommend you leave the background audio analysis function in Roon at its default settings, or turn it off. If you decide to set CPUs to run at 100% to complete background analysis you should monitor the heat of the CX case.

Owners of a CX can use any USB CD/DVD drive to auto-rip their CDs, or add the new P1 platform, with its integrated high precision ripper.

The CX is designed so that you can add your own storage disks, enabling you to self-install up to 4TB of HDD or up to 8TB of SSD storage. Use of SSDs improves dynamics, high frequency sweetness and speed, and is significantly more musically engaging. If you prefer to have your storage disks pre-installed then your dealer can assist you. You can also run the CX from external storage on a NAS or a USB drive. Of these alternatives, the NAS sounds much better than a USB drive. Compared to internal SSDs, playing from a NAS will lose a little impact and precision, and navigating a large library will be less ‘snappy’.

Outputs are USB or Direct Ethernet. Direct Ethernet means the CX has two Ethernet ports. Connect one to the network for setup and remote control purposes. Connect the second Ethernet port direct to an EX or an Ethernet input on a DAC using a short high quality Ethernet cable. The direct link cuts out noise from the rest of the network and benefits from the very low-noise environment of the CX.

Owners of a CX have the option to upgrade to the stunning CX+EX Solution by simply adding an EX and linking them with a high quality Ethernet cable.

Functionality


Antipodes Control Panel

  • Use any desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone to manage your CX
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Assemble Your Music Library

  • Add internal storage to your CX to enable playback from internal storage
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  • Rip your CDs to internal storage on your CX using any USB Optical Drive, or with optimum precision using an Antipodes P1
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  • Copy your music files to the internal storage of the CX over your network
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  • Manage your music on your desktop/laptop/nas and synchronise the library on the CX to it
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  • Setup automatic synchronisation to backup the files on your CX to external storage on your network
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  • Backup the files on your CX to a USB drive
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  • Add files on external storage (desktop/laptop/nas) to the music library of your CX
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Integration With Your System

  • A CX can be connected to play concurrently, direct to a DAC via USB, Direct to a DAC via Ethernet; and stream to devices on your network that are compatible with Roon, Squeezebox, DLNA/UPnP/OpenHome, SONOS or Plex
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  • Control playback on your CX from any desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone
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Applications

The Antipodes CX offers a choice of best-of-breed applications, selected via the Antipodes Control Panel.

Music Playback Options

Complete Playback Solutions

DLNA Server Options

DLNA Renderer

Other Playback Options

Specifications

CX+EXCXEXP1
Casework ColorSilver or BlackSilver or BlackSilver or BlackSilver or Black
Sound Quality Ranking (1=Best)123
Price Level (1=Highest)1234
Passive Fanless Silent Cooling
All Case Parts CNC Machined From Solid Alloy Block
USB Output
– 5v On/Off Options
– PCM to 32bit/768kHz
– DoP to DSD512
– Native DSD to DSD512
Stereo Analog Output
– Processes PCM to 24bit/192kHz
– Transcodes other formats before conversion
Low-Noise Ethernet Direct
Complete Antipodes Application Suite
– Server Apps
– Renderer Apps
– Admin Apps
User-Installable Storage – Two 2.5″ 7mm Sata0-8TB0-8TB0-8TB
Automatic CD Ripping App
Integrated CD Ripper
Medium Power V4X Circuit For Server Apps
– Not suitable for some Roon DSP functions
High Power V4H Circuit For Server Apps
– Enables demanding Roon DSP functions
Internal ODAPS2 Linear Regulated PSU
Power Required
– 110-120VAC 60Hz or 220-240VAC, Switchable
Width240mm (x2)240mm240mm240mm
Depth290mm290mm290mm290mm
Height (Including Feet)90mm90mm90mm30mm
Weight15Kg7.5Kg7.5Kg3.5Kg
Warranty
– 2 Years
– Extendable to 3 Years With Registration
– 6 Months On Pre-Installed Storage
CX+EXCXEXP1

Reviews

HiFi Advice Review of CX+EX

Christiaan Punter (Founder/Editor of HiFi Advice) first listened to the Antipodes EX as a renderer only, with Roon Server running on his computer. Then he heard how much better the EX sounded when it ran both the Server and Renderer apps. Then we sent him a CX to use as a Server feeding the EX as a Renderer, and he immediately discovered both how important the Server device is, and what a breakthrough product the CX is.

“..it took all of 3 seconds before I loudly exclaimed: “Holy Shit!” The difference was not subtle, it was huge! Wow man, everything the EX does so well was still there, but magnified [by the CX+EX Solution]. The soundstage was now even larger, both wider and deeper and even more enveloping, the delivery more powerful, with even more impressive dynamics.”

“There comes a time when a reviewer just lacks the superlatives to describe the latest experience and for me, this is it. This combination is, quite simply, the very best digital front end that I have heard.”

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